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Alert: Amendments to California's Paid Sick Leave Law Provide Some Clarifications for Employers

As we previously reported here and here, under California's Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces Act, effective July 1, 2015, employees who work 30 days or more a year in California are entitled to at least 3 days (or 24...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #4

We’ve been talking potential bias in big data for some time now, and last week’s news was full of concerns about just that. The New York Times Upshot Blog interviewed a Microsoft computer scientist on the subject; NBC News...more

Recent Opinion Letter Raises Questions Regarding California's Paid Leave Law

California employers are now facing another hurdle in their efforts to comply with state's paid leave law, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, in light of a recent opinion letter from the state agency that...more

Pittsburgh City Council Passes Paid Sick Days Act

On Monday August 3, 2015, Pittsburgh City Council approved an ordinance titled “Paid Sick Days Act” requiring employers to offer paid sick days to employees. The ordinance is designed to benefit 50,000 workers in the city of...more

Labor Commissioner’s First Opinion Letter On California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

On August 7, 2015, the California Labor Commissioner issued its first opinion letter on one discrete issue under the California Health Workplaces Healthy Families Act which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to...more

Amendments to California’s Sick Leave Law Provides Flexibility for Employers

On July 13, 2015, Governor Brown signed urgency legislation amending California’s new sick leave law—the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. The amendments, which took effect immediately, clarify the law and...more

Pittsburgh City Council Passes Mandatory Paid Sick Time Law

Last week, the Pittsburgh City Council passed the Paid Sick Days Act (the Act), which Mayor Bill Peduto is projected to sign into law shortly. The Act is expected to become effective 90 days after the mayor signs it and the...more

Proposed Executive Order Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Federal Contractors

President Obama may soon issue an executive order mandating that employers who contract with the Federal government, and their subcontractors, provide paid sick leave to employees. A report in The New York Times released a...more

President Obama Drafts Executive Order Requiring Paid Sick Leave for Government Contractors

On August 5, 2015, President Obama drafted an executive order that would require all employers that contract with the federal government to provide paid sick leave to individuals who are sick, seeking medical attention, or...more

The Massachusetts Wage Act: A New Incentive for Employers to Pay Up

Since July 2008, Massachusetts employers have been subject to automatic treble damages (that is, three times the amount of any award) for violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act, M.G.L. c. 149, §§ 148-150. Nearly seven years...more

Executive Order Requiring Paid Sick Leave In the Works

We previously reported on other recently executed Executive Orders and it appears there is another in the works directed to government contractors. The new Executive Order circulating Washington will likely mandate paid sick...more

Attempts to Force Votes on Employment Bills Fail in Senate

Before the Senate adjourned for the August recess, two Democratic members tried to force the chamber to agree to bring minimum wage, paid sick leave, and flexible scheduling bills to the floor for a vote in the fall. On...more

Is Mandatory Paid Sick Leave on the Horizon for Federal Contractors?

The next big change for federal contractors may be a requirement that they provide paid sick leave to employees. According to the New York Times, President Obama has drafted an executive order that would require federal...more

More Paid Sick Leave on the Horizon? Draft Executive Order Calls for Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors.

The New York Times reported yesterday that it received a draft executive order marked “pre-decisional and deliberative,” which contemplates granting a minimum of 56 hours of paid sick leave per year to employees of federal...more

If Pain, Yes Gain – Part XI: Pittsburgh Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

Following the lead set by Philadelphia earlier this year, the Pittsburgh City Council passed the “Paid Sick Days Act” (“the Act”) on August 3, 2015. If the Act is signed into law by Mayor Bill Peduto, which is expected,...more

DOL and EEOC Offer Insight into How They Will Approach FMLA and Reasonable Accommodation Enforcement

This week, I had the pleasure of presenting with Department of Labor and EEOC officials on key developments out of Washington with respect to leave management and accommodations.  Our presentation was part of the...more

Pittsburgh City Council Approves Amended Paid Sick Leave Bill

On August 3, 2015, less than one month after the introduction of the original bill, the Pittsburgh City Council passed an amended bill requiring virtually all employers within the city to provide paid sick leave. Pittsburgh...more

Pittsburgh City Council Passes Paid Sick Leave

On August, 3, 2015, Pittsburgh City Council, by a 7-1 vote, passed an Ordinance entitled the "Paid Sick Days Act" (the Ordinance), which requires that all employers provide paid sick leave for employees who work within the...more

Illinois Releases Pregnancy Accommodation Proposed Rules

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) released proposed rules regulating pregnancy discrimination and accommodation in employment. Released on July 17, 2015, these rules are authorized by the Illinois Pregnancy...more

New Amendments Clarify California Paid Sick Leave

This month, the California Legislature enacted AB 304, an urgency measure that became effective on July 13 and provides much needed clarity on various aspects of California’s mandatory paid sick leave law (Healthy Workplaces,...more

California Sick Leave Amendments Offer (Some) Needed Clarity for Employers

The California paid sick leave law provided a significant boon to employees not included under employers’ sick leave or paid time off policies, but it often created more questions than answers for companies. How do we...more

California Amends Its Healthy Workplaces, Health Families Law

As previously reported, California’s Healthy Workplaces, Health Families Act of 2014 (California’s Sick Leave Law) took full effect on July 1, 2015, although some provisions were effective as of January 1, 2015. The new law...more

Can Employers Offer Compensatory Time to Exempt Employees? [Wage & Hour FAQ]

Recently, two blog readers asked a question about the use of compensatory (comp) time in the private sector during a discussion about tracking exempt employees’ hours worked. One reader’s company tracked exempt employees’...more

California Paid Sick Leave Law Amendments: Effective Immediately

On July 13, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law urgency legislation amending the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which generally requires employers to provide paid sick leave to almost all...more

Tips to Reduce Adverse Effects of DOL's New Independent Contractor Status - Employers Must Carefully Select Status with...

Administrator David Weil issued an Administrator's Interpretation (Interpretation) on July 15, 2015, on behalf of the United States Department of Labor (DOL) regarding the appropriate classification of workers as independent...more

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